|St. Bernard Irish-Italian-Islenos Community Parade Sunday, March 3rd 12th Anniversary parade to feature 1200 riders on 35 floats|
The 12th Annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Community Parade and Marching Club will hit the streets of St. Bernard on Sunday, March 3, 2013 with the marchers beginning at 11:00 a.m. The parade will follow at 12:00 Noon tossing over 250,000 lbs. of produce (including cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, bananas, pineapples, apples, limes, lemons, oranges, etc.), hundreds of this year's "GOT SEAFOOD?" T-shirts, Totes, Frisbees, Ramen Noodles, Candy, Chips, Moon Pies, and much more. This year's King is Rocky Tommaseo of the famous Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant in Chalmette. And no King is complete without a queen and the 2013 Queen is no other than Rocky's wife, Katie Tommaseo. Rocky and Katie are proud parents of a son, Nicco. They reside and work in St. Bernard Parish.
New Parade Route
With the opening of the new hospital, the parade route was changed to make sure the hospital's only entrance on Judge Perez Drive would not be blocked. The parade will exit parking lot and head west on W. Judge Perez Drive, u-turning at the Dr. Meraux Blvd., the parade will head east on W. Judge Perez Dr., make a u-turn at Campagna Dr. and then head back west on E. Judge Perez Dr. ending at Jean Lafitte Pkwy. For information on the parade contact Chad O'Neil at 504-655-7555.
The mark of a successful parade is NOT the mess left by festive parade goers & float riders BUT, rather, the lack of it?
As parade goers are enjoying the parade they are encouraged to help with the clean & green efforts as well. We love the beautiful green medians the parish workers work hard to maintain. AND, if everyone will pick up ALL the beads thrown their way organizations like Jimmy's Kids and Arc of GNO's Chalmette Community Center will take every unwanted pair of beads off of your hands. (Bead recycling is a major business which EMPLOYS adults with intellectual disabilities at or above minimum wage.) Jimmy's Kids use the beads to throw in other parades that they participate in.
Be the section along the parade route to win the CLEANEST median contest, a new effort sponsored by St. Bernard Community Foundation and Parks & Parkways. Photos of the cleanest median section along the parade route will be submitted to local papers. Photos will be taken at the conclusion of the parade.
Float riders are reminded NOT to dispose of their trash over the sides of the float. Parade goers are encouraged to pick up ALL beads and trash...separately of course.
Bead donations can be made any weekday to
Arc's Chalmette Community Center, 3700 Jean Lafitte Parkway from 9:00am-3:00pm. For information contact Polly Campbell at 504-554-7134.
Jimmy's Kids, 1201 Camille Place, Chalmette or a recycling bin inside the government building 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. For more information contact Jimmy Besson at 271-3219.